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Forbes follows family footsteps to become third generation white coat

Feb 2, 2022
5 min Read
Kate Malott
Forbes becomes third generation white coat

Anna Forbes, BA’17, MS’19, grew up surrounded by Creighton-educated health care professionals, and at an early age, she knew she wanted to become one too.   

The third-year dental student, a graduate of Marian High School in Omaha, comes from a long line of Creighton graduates. Her paternal grandparents, Edward Forbes, MD’57, and Joan McGroarty Forbes, SJN’56, BSN’57, graduated from Creighton, along with their 10 children, including her father, Robert Forbes, BS’89, MD’93, and an uncle, Michael Forbes, BA’82, DDS’86. Her maternal grandfather, Donald Glow, MD’54, her mother, Donna Glow Forbes, BS’90, and another uncle, Richard Glow, BA’93, DDS’00, are also Creighton graduates. 

When Forbes graduates from the School of Dentistry in 2023, she will be a third-generation Creighton-educated health care professional and the first of 12 Forbes grandchildren to earn a doctorate.  

Forbes knew she wanted to be a health care professional since she was young, but she wasn’t sure what field to pursue until college.  

“With dentistry in the family, that piqued my interest in becoming a dentist, and then, Creighton offered me a great opportunity to do the master’s program first,” she says. “I decided dentistry because it’s focused in science, but I also like that it’s a little more artistic too.” 

A member of the American Student Dental Association, Forbes has served the dental community as a teaching assistant and tutor in the following subjects: head and neck anatomy, oral histology and removable prosthodontics.   

Her plan is to become a general dentist, so she can apply all parts of the field into her work.  

“I thought I would love one aspect in dentistry and want to specialize, but I really found I enjoy doing all the different parts and enjoy learning about all of them,” Forbes says. 

In addition to the education and training she’s gained at Creighton, Jesuit values have made the most impact on her and her family, Forbes says. 

Creighton has been a big part of my life, and because of that, cura personalis is a value that has always resonated in my family.
— Anna Forbes, BA’17, MS’19

“Creighton has been a big part of my life, and because of that, cura personalis is a value that has always resonated in my family,” she says. “Being in a health care setting, you care for other people, but my parents also instilled that in me as a person, to reach out to classmates with special needs or invite others to study. They encouraged us to care for other people and be aware of other people’s needs.” 

In the School of Dentistry’s clinic environment, Forbes enjoys helping care for patients, and she looks forward to building relationships with her patients in the future, so she can help serve them through all ages and phases of their dental health needs. She hopes to one day operate her own private practice.  

“It’s rewarding to help people and resolve their problems,” she says. “You never forget the first time you have a patient that comes to you, and in pain, and you resolve their pain. We have a special skill set that we offer to the community.”  

Forbes holds onto the values, education and training she’s received at Creighton, but it’s the School of Dentistry faculty who have been the most instrumental in helping her grow as a health care professional.  

“The faculty have been incredible. I love working with all of them,” she says.  

“I enjoy the way the clinic is set up, because you learn a variety of information from working with other clinical doctors, and each professor has their own tips and pointers. I love learning from people with specialties in different departments. It’s amazing.”